Capital punishment should be abolished | Band 7 essay sample


Capital punishment should be abolished. Do you agree or disagree with this statement.

This essay was submitted by one of our students. It may contain spelling and grammar mistakes. It is merely provided as a sample.


Capital Punishment has always been a subject of long and grueling debates amongst intellectuals and philosophers since the dawn of history.

Supporters of capital punishment argue that such a method of punishment is very effective in deterring criminals from committing murder. Also, from justice point of view, capital punishment is regarded as the just and logical punishment for murderers. As for the victim’s family, it serves as an opportunity to take revenge for their murdered loved ones.

However, critics view capital punishment as immoral. Since killing as an act on its own is a condemned one, this exclusive right of the government to kill would spark many moral dilemmas. In addition, statistics have proved that capital punishment, regardless of the method, has failed to control the number of murder cases in many countries. In reality, there has been no established pattern that would support the claim that capital punishment serves as a tool to reduce murder cases. For example, in Scandinavian countries, where capital punishment had been abolished, the number of murder cases per capita is one of the least in the world. Hence, it is hard to say that capital punishment was the reason for this astounding result. In a country like the USA, murder cases are numerous despite capital punishment.

In conclusion, Capital punishment has failed to serve its purpose. This established through facts and statistics. In addition to being an immoral method of establishing order, it portrays governments as criminals. It is rather prosperity that can control violence in the world. After all, humans tend to do the right thing; it is circumstances that compel them to commit the evil.


This is a good essay. However, there are several mistakes in it. The essay is not divided into five paragraphs. The introduction is too short whereas one of the body paragraph is too long. Also the student forgot to state his opinion in the introduction.

Overall, this seems to be a band 7 – 7.5 essay.

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